City officer hurt during chase

December 04, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A veteran Baltimore police officer was injured when he was struck and thrown 50 feet by a sport utility vehicle he was trying to stop late Tuesday, police said yesterday.

Paul Thompson, 36, a Southern District officer who joined the force in late 1998, was listed in good condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center with a broken ankle and head injuries, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

The incident began about 11:20 p.m. when police pulled over a Ford Explorer for a traffic violation in the 2600 block of Waterview Ave., Harris said.

The SUV crashed into a patrol car and was driven away, police said.

Harris said the people in the SUV then called 911 and reported a shooting elsewhere in the city to try to divert officers pursuing them.

Officers were trying to stop the SUV in the 3500 block of Clarenell Road when it ran into Thompson. The officer was rushed to Shock Trauma by ambulance.

Police stopped the SUV about 11:35 p.m. in the 300 block of Martingale Ave. Three males were arrested.

Police said the driver, Ronald Merchant, 24, of the first block of S. Wickham Road, was charged with attempted murder, assault on a police officer and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. He was being held at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Last night, police involved in the incident thanked residents of the 3500 block of Clarenell Road for coming to Thompson's aid.

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